Marine biology

By: Alex Kroeber

Branch of Science

Marine biology is under the branch life science. It is under that category because this career deals with a lot of underwater plants and animals. They also work with coral.

Education Path

To be able to become a marine biologist you would need to take a lot of courses throughout high school and college.

Some courses in high school include:

  • advanced biology courses
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • english composition
  • physics
  • pre-calculus
In college you would need to take:
  • applied calculus
  • biochemistry
  • ecology
  • general biology.
For a degree most people get their doctoral degree and their masters. Some colleges even allow you to take some classes that have hands on projects.

Training Schools and Colleges

St. Cloud state university, this is the closest college to Wisconsin that offers a marine biology course. This college is in an urban area and it's a private university. It offers a 4 year program. And it has a 19.1 student to faculty ratio. The class sizes are around 28 students in all.


To get into this college you need to meet the academic requirements.

  • GPA: 3.17
  • ACT: 18 (or higher)

About the Job

A marine biologist works with underwater sea creatures and plants, they can also deal with saltwater wetlands. You need to study tiny little organisms and deal with a lot of numbers in this job. Also you need to learn how nutrients flow through the food chain. You look at a lot of things underwater. Including the tiniest organism. That's why you need to study so many things in high school and college. Most marine jobs working in the ocean are going to be more in the south, but some people choose to work in a hospital setting.

What Factors Affect Employer for this Job

There are not many job options in Wisconsin because most jobs with marine biology are found down south. If you want to find a job in marine biology you would have to go to Minnesota. That's the closest job to Wisconsin that offers marine biology.


  • Wisconsin: $33,000 to $87,900
  • National: $33,700 to 102,000


Human Resources in Madison


I could see myself doing this job someday. This occupation has always interested me. I think some pros about this job would be that you get to go in the ocean and deal with a lot of cool animals and plants. It would be a great experience to see what kinds of creatures are in the ocean and see what's in the deep parts of the ocean. I only have one con and it's that some people might get bored doing the same thing everyday. Otherwise I think this job is perfect for people who love working very hands-on.

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